This “Five Heartbeats” Actor Revealed The Biggest Regret Of His Career

Posted On : March 4, 2016

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Many of us know him as “Eddie King” from The Five Heartbeats, but his real name is Michael Wright. Wright is a helluva talent and always had the ability to not just act his characters out, but become every character he played- from the Heartbeats, to Sugar Hill and beyond. There was one major career flub that was revealed recently that Wright regretted more than any other move he’d made in his career and it had something to do with the ’91 film New Jack City.

Writer of New Jack City script, Barry Michael Cooper
Writer of New Jack City script, Barry Michael Cooper

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the iconic 1991 classic, New Jack City, and to celebrate that, the writer of the film, Barry Michael Cooper, recently revealed to Ambrosia For Heads, a few behind-the-scenes facts that we never knew. One of those facts is that the role that rapper, Ice T played- the undercover cop, “Scotty”- was originally written specifically for Michael Wright. Here’s what Cooper explained about that:

Ice T as "Scotty in "New Jack City"
Ice T as “Scotty in “New Jack City”

He was the original “Scotty.” They gave it to Michael Wright. Mike said, “I can’t do that.” Years later he said, “Barry, that was the worst mistake of my life, man.” I said, “Naw. It just wasn’t the time.” Later on [he and Wesley Snipes] played brothers in Sugar Hill. Ice-T came in. Dope rapper; I didn’t know how he was as an actor—’cause I didn’t count [Breakin’ II]. When he got on set, he’s another one that doubled down. He did a very, very good job, and has since turned to a very capable actor. He was fearless, man! That scene at the end when he said, “I wanna shoot you so bad my dick is hard,” I didn’t write that. That’s ad-lib. He came up with that!

Ice T and Chris Rock in "New Jack City"
Ice T and Chris Rock in “New Jack City”

I could definitely see Wright nailing that cop role, it would have been a big contrast to his “Eddie King” character, but he would have brought that raw, street element to the role nonetheless.

THOSE WEREN’T THE ONLY TWO LAST MINUTE SWITCH-UPS IN THE NEW JACK CITY CAST. Wait ’til you see which two MAJOR actors who were supposed to play “POOKIE” (the crack addict) and “KESHA” (the only female in “Nino Brown’s” clique). Hit the next button and prepare to be shocked…

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